Benue Exco orders hawkers off streets

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Benue Council (EXCO) has ordered street hawkers around Wurukum Market to vacate their positions or risk losing their wares.

The Exco also directed traders occupying makeshift shops along Swange Cinema Road at Wurukum Market to vacate them or risk demolition and destruction of their wares.

In a chat with reporters after Wednesday’s EXCO , for Information, Culture and , Ngunan Addingi said the affected people are to move to the Makurdi International Market where there are shops for occupation.

According to her, the council directed those who have shops allotted to them at the Makurdi International Market to complete their payments within one month or risk revocation of same.

Mrs Addingi said EXCO approved the constitution of a committee headed by Secretary to the Government (SSG) Prof. Anthony Ijohor (SAN) to consider submissions of the last Benue Youth Summit for possible implementation.

The committee also has Commissioners for Finance and Planning, Industries and Co-operatives, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information, Culture and , Youths and Sports, Science and Technology, Development as well as Trade and Investment as .

The Director of EXCO is to serve as Secretary of the committee while Special Advisers for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Planning as well as that of Project Monitoring and Evaluation and the Director-General Planning Commission is also .

Chairman, secretary and sub-committee Chairmen of the Youth Summit are to meet with the SSG-led Committee at a later date to deliberate on the summit report.

The for Information, Culture and said over 4,000 people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the .